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Ammonia Exposure

Is exposure to ammonia dangerous for me and my family?

Chemical exposure is never good for any individual, although the specific chemical (as well as the concentration) will greatly determine the dangers it may post to your health. In summary, anhydrous ammonia (Ammonia NH3) is an irritant gas that has a disturbing odor and is colorless. This gas is noticed usually through the repugnant scents between 5 and 50 parts per million (ppm), and it will actually irritate your body between 25-50 ppm. In most cases, a victim of exposure will not experience the dangerous health side effects until they have been exposed to at least 100 ppm or more. This specific chemical is used as a gas in order to create fertilizers often used for agricultural and growing purposes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there are various symptoms and health concerns that can be a result of anhydrous ammonia exposure. These risks include the following:

  • Severe dehydration (which can also lead to physical burn wounds)
  • May cause difficulty in breathing
  • Irritations in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat
  • Ingestion may lead to corrosion of stomach, throat, and mouth lining
  • Extensive exposure may lead to possible death

In the event a person has been exposed, it is imperative that they consume large amounts of water for at least 15 consecutive minutes in order to flush out whatever they can. People may be exposed to this toxin in a number of ways by either a gas or vapor inhalation. Many cases it is found in industrial areas, on ammonia infused farm lands, home cleaning products, and others. If you have been exposed, please contact Arnold & Itkin today to discuss your case!

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